A Brief History of Cooling Systems
The idea of cooling the air to make the environment we are in more pleasurable goes back to Ancient China when a manually operated rotary fan was made by an inventor called Ding Huane. But the first modern air conditioning device was invented by Wilis Carrier, an engineer who was trying to solve a problem with humidity at a printing plant in Brooklyn, New York, back in 1902.
Since then, the technology inside our air conditioners has changed, the size and design have also changed but what remains intact is the relevance of this invention and its contribution to the quality of life both in our homes and workplaces.
Maintaining Your Air Conditioning System
Your air conditioning system is one of the most important and most expensive investments you can make, so whether it is at home or the office, we need to take care of it properly to prolong its lifetime and prevent it from breaking before its time. If you ever need an HVAC repair in Austin, Schneider Mechanical has competent hands that will help get your air conditioning system going in no time.
Fortunately, with small a little routine maintenance, you can maintain your air conditioning systems to prevent major issues and prolong the life of your unit. Here are some very easy and inexpensive ways to do it.
- Change your air filter once per month
This is the best thing you can do regularly to keep your AC running properly. Air filters are there to stop particles from infiltrating your home. These unwanted guests can over time make you sick but they will clog the filters. This will make your air conditioner slow and will affect the quality of the air in your home.
- Clean the condensate drain
This is a super important part of your air conditioner. It allows the condensation created inside the system to drain outside. Periodically check that your AC is draining properly to make sure your system is functioning efficiently. If you notice that water is not draining outside properly, immediately unclog the pipe or contact a certified technician to do it.
- Check the fins in your AC
The fins for the condenser and the evaporator inside your AC can bend with time and this will cause insufficient airflow. To avoid this, regularly inspect them and make sure the fins haven’t bent. If they have, try to restore them to their original shape with a fin comb or call a technician to help.
- Always keep coils clean
Coils inside an air conditioner are a very important piece since they help refrigerants to absorb heat and cool the room. These coils accumulate dirt with time and this reduces the amount of heat they can absorb. When this happens, the air conditioner has to work twice as hard to cool a room, something that may lead to a breakdown of the system. To avoid this situation, always keep the coils clean.
- Give your AC professional maintenance at least once a year
This catches any big issues before they become a lasting problem.